Boom to Bust Makiyah Grant

"New Woman" 1920s/1930s

In the 1920s women bought many luxuries on credit and dressed in glamorous dresses.
In an effort to keep their families from going bankrupt like many other families in their society women started working.

Home Life 1920s/1930s

The family, shown above, has a radio and is dressed very professionally with good hygiene.
The family in this photo unlike the previous one has poor hygiene and their home is not filled with luxuries and is fairly empty.

Economy 1920s/1930s

The photo above shows American life on a high pedestal, and shows that they are richer than other countries.
This photo shows that this man has no work and is going to this office to find work which was unavailable.

Home Life

The 1920’s was a time of change for many families across the country. Many people could now afford luxuries that they couldn’t before due to buying stocks on a margin. The majority of people were now considered up class because of the value of the stocks they had purchases and being able to buy on credit. Advertisements such as commercials encouraged the citizens to continue their spending frenzy by promoting goods like deodorant. Due to the continuous spending by Americans the economy was booming and better than ever. Though they were pumping the tire with credit and not real money to support it! In the 1930’s the stock market crashed and people lost all their money. The money they had invested in the stocks were now worthless. Some people lived in Hoovervilles, make-shift homes made out of what they could find outside of cities, because they were evicted from their homes or too poor to afford one. Though the wealthy stayed wealthy, upper. Middle, and the working class continued to struggle to keep families afloat.


In the 1920’s the economy was soaring due to the celebration that the soldiers were now home and the dark cloud had passed by. Many people were buying more than they had on credit. The citizens of this time had a very “buy now, pay later.” attitude and later meaning never. Credit transformed the lives of many making them feel part of the rich. Many bought on a margin pumping the economy with fake money, never to be payed. Rural America was already undergoing a depression and their circumstances that should have been a warning to the government was not. SUddenly, the stock prices dropped drastically. People lost millions that they had invested in stocks that were now worth nothing. Now that people had to pay back the stock market, because of their debts and had no money to pay it with they rushed to the banks to get their savings. This unexpected rush of withdrawals left banks were also left with no money. Starting a poor decade for many.


In the beginning of the 1920s the 19th Amendment had been passed and it was a start to new rights, significant gains, and a new name for women. The women of these times felt it necessary to go further than all boundaries and destroy the stereotype of a woman. This change in the thinking of a woman birthed the idea of a woman who rebels against all and does what she wants, a flapper. Though when the Great Depression struck women were sought to be dependent on men again. Women who were widowed or divorced struggled. Many women started working to support their families. Though, experienced unfair treatment in working facilities. They were often employed for positions that were unwanted by men such as nurses, domestic cleaning, and clerical work.

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